Exhibit - Kings, Queens, and Commoners: Portraits from the Permanent Collection (Jan 1-Sept 13)

  • June 08, 2020
  • September 13, 2020
  • Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, IA

Exhibit - Kings, Queens, and Commoners: Portraits from the Permanent Collection

In support of public health goals, the Museum of Danish America and its Genealogy Center are CLOSED to visitors until further notice.

The Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park is open and available as a community resource. At this time, staff members plan to continue to work, and are reachable by email. A Virtual Tour of the museum is available 24/7.


Extended through September 13

If you had to choose one image of yourself to last for hundreds of years, what would that portrait look like? In the days before photography, portraits were available only to the most elite members of society: kings, queens, and aristocrats. These powerful individuals were very careful about how they presented themselves - from the clothes they wore, to what they held in their hands, to what might be staged in the background. Today we are more accustomed to informal snapshots. But the power of a good portrait can still convey an individual's personality and tell us something about their life. In this exhibition, enjoy meeting the individuals captured in portraits in the museum's art collection - from the Danish royal family to the diversity of people who contributed to Danish and Danish-American society.

Museum of Danish America
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Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

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